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Broken Heart and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore : Penguin Classics - John Webster

Broken Heart and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

Penguin Classics

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Published: 24th September 2014
For Ages: 18+ years old
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'Oh, that I were a man, or that I had power To execute my apprehended wishes, I would whip some with scorpions.'

Seen as anarchic and amoral in their time, these four tragedies of murder and politics continue to resonate with their dark, horrific vision of humanity. Featuring strangulations, poisonings, stabbings and incest, the plays explore violence, transgression and destructive sexual jealousy, while also satirising the dangerous times in which they were written. This new edition illuminates Webster's and Ford's plays further by putting them in context with one another, highlighting the complexity of their morally ambiguous female protagonists.

Edited with an introduction by Jane Kingsley-Smith

About the Authors

John Webster was born in about 1578 in London. He studied law at the Middle Temple before embarking on a career in the theatre, collaborating on many plays with contemporary dramatists. But it was his two solo-authored tragedies, The White Devil (1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (1614), which sealed his reputation. He died in the 1630s.

John Ford was born in 1586 in Devon. His early career was wholly concerned with poetry and philosophical works, and it was not until the 1620s that he began writing stage plays, including The Broken Heart (1620) and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (c.1630). Nothing more is known of Ford after the performance of his last play in 1638.

Jane Kingsley-Smith is a Reader at Roehampton University, London and author of Shakespeare's Drama of Exile (2003) and Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture (2010).

Revenge, hatred, villainy, incest, and murder upon murder are their constant themes . . . and they handle these horrors with little or no moral purpose, save that of exciting and amusing the audience . . . We should call him a madman who allowed his daughters or his servants to see such representations -- Charles Kingsley

ISBN: 9780141392233
ISBN-10: 0141392231
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 24th September 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.9  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1